Project Description

Building an Equity-Focused Statewide Teacher Residency System

Our Vision: California’s powerfully prepared, diverse, and thriving teacher workforce advances educational equity and justice, providing the learning supports that ensure every student reaches their full potential.

Our Mission: The California Teacher Residency Lab (Lab) will build a system of teacher residencies in California that transforms the teacher workforce.

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The Lab is committed to supporting teacher residency programs in California to fulfill their ability “to effectively recruit, develop support systems for, provide outreach and communication strategies to, and retain a teacher workforce that reflects a local educational agency community’s diversity” (See EDC Section 44415.5. (c)(1)(B)), by ensuring that equity and justice is defined and advanced at all levels of residency work.
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For more information related to our work please download our Concept Paper. You can also contact Jacquelyn Ollison, Co-Director by email or phone at 916-426-6781. You can also read more about our values-driven work at our blog: Compassion-Driven Education
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Participating residencies are committed to continuous program improvement in alignment with The Lab’s high-quality research-based characteristics*, which are:

  1. Equity and justice are defined and advanced at all levels of residency work.
  2. Authentic partnerships between local educational agencies (IEAs), accredited credentialing institutions, Institutes of Higher Education (IHEs) such as CSC”s, and other organizations (e.g., collective bargaining entities, and community organizations) are included.
  3. The residency system is financially sustainable.
  4. Formative and outcome data are collected, analyzed, and used for continuous improvement.
  5. Specific hiring needs are defined and filled each year with the recruitment of resident candidates who reflect the district’s and community’s unique diversity.
  6. Residents engage in a full year of clinical practice teaching alongside an accomplished mentor teacher.
  7. Coursework and professional learning opportunities are tightly integrated with clinical practice.
  8. All residents are mentored by accomplished mentor teachers who reflect their district’s and community’s unique diversity.
  9. Clusters of mentors and residents support and learn from one another at residency partners’ “teaching school.”
  10. Residency graduates are supported to continue their professional learning and develop as leaders.

*Revised September 2021 with support from Trellis Education, informed by research conducted by the Learning Policy Institute and the National Center for Teacher Residencies. 

ADVANCE EQUITY & JUSTICE

Spotlight and further develop the pivotal role of teacher residency systems/partnerships in recruiting and retaining teachers of color and the student equity gains that will result from a well-prepared teaching workforce. Strengthen the conditions and offerings of teacher preparation programs to ensure that African American and Latinx teachers enroll, thrive, and stay; and that all new teachers are prepared to successfully support English Learners.

GROW & NURTURE THE CALIFORNIA TEACHER RESIDENCY LEARNING COMMUNITY

Continue the development of a learning community where clinically-rich teacher preparation programs learn from one another and experts, strengthen their intra-program partnerships, and engage in formal and informal networking to support continuous improvement.

BEACON TEACHER RESIDENCY

Build a strong coalition of support for teacher residencies and clinically-rich teacher preparation at the state level. Raise awareness resulting in continued and growing support for innovation in teacher clinical preparation.

SUSTAIN THE MOVEMENT & PREPARE TO SCALE

Build on the significant public and philanthropic investment made to date to continue to support Teacher Residency Grant partnerships and create the basis for clinically-rich teacher preparation to become the norm in California.

The California Teacher Residency Lab (The Lab) envisions a California where all students– especially students of color, who have been underserved by our public school system for far too long– have powerful,  highly prepared, highly supported, and highly representative/diverse teachers. Teachers who advance educational equity, inclusion, and justice, and who provide the learning support that ensures every student reaches their full potential in and out of the classroom.

In service to this vision, the Lab supports statewide teacher residency programs to fulfill their ability “to effectively recruit, develop support systems for, provide outreach and communication strategies to, and retain a teacher workforce that reflects a local educational agency community’s diversity,” by ensuring that equity and justice is defined and advanced at all levels of residency work. To read more about our vision, see our concept paper

Membership Criteria

At the Lab, we know that every California teacher residency program deserves equitable access to high-quality, needs-informed, developmentally appropriate, justice-centered, research-based support. That’s why Lab membership is open to every California Teacher Residency program. Programs do not need to be CTC grantees to join, but Teacher Residency Grant Program recipients are encouraged to leverage consulting allocations from their grant budgets to cover the cost of Lab participation.  

Want to learn more? Read more here.

Once you read our Membership services, benefits, cost, and program details, view the next steps below!

  1. Complete the California Teacher Residency Lab Membership Commitment Form to join.
  2. We will generate and send an invoice for payment.
  3. Once the fee is paid, you can start enjoying all of the membership benefits you opted to receive.

Thank you for your interest in the CA Teacher Residency Lab and for your service in support of all California students via Teacher Residency Programs.

As we continue to evaluate our program, results, impact, and goals, please check back in on this page to learn more about the impact our model and participants are making!

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California Teacher Residency Lab partnerships, 2020-2021

  • AchieveKids with Pacific Oaks College, Institute for the Redesign of Learning, and Creekside, Spectrum Schools

  • Bakersfield City School District with CSU Bakersfield

  • Fresno Unified School District with Fresno State

  • Greenfield Union School District with CSU Bakersfield

  • Humboldt County Office of Education with Humboldt State

  • Kern High School District with CSU Bakersfield

  • Los Angeles Unified School District with Cal State LA, CSU Northridge, CSU Dominguez Hills, and UCLA

  • Madera Unified School District with Fresno State

  • Monterey County Office of Education with CSU Monterey Bay

  • Napa Valley Unified School District with Sonoma State, Trellis, and Santa Rosa City Schools

  • Oakland Unified School District with CSU East Bay, UC Berkeley, and Trellis

  • Partnerships to Uplift Communities with Loyola Marymount University

  • Pasadena Unified School District with Cal State LA

  • San Francisco Unified School District with University of San Francisco and Stanford University

  • San Francisco Unified School District with San Francisco State and Trellis

  • San Joaquin County Office of Education with Teachers College of San Joaquin

  • Tracy Joint Unified School District with Notre Dame de Namur

  • UC Merced Teacher Extension Teacher Preparation Program

  • West Contra Costa Unified School District with CSU East Bay

OUR FUNDERS